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4 Yemeni soldiers shot dead by militants

Sanaa, May 9 (Reuters): A gunfight broke out between security guards and militants at the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa today, witnesses said.

According to a security source, four Yemeni soldiers were shot dead by militants .

Heavy gunfire was heard in the area surrounding the palace for up to an hour, and afterwards appeared to subside.

The source said a vehicle carrying a number of armed militants suspected to be linked to al Qaida had attacked the main gate of the palace and gunfire was exchanged.

“There was a gunfight that lasted about 45 minutes and then a few of the militants managed to escape with their car,” the source said, adding that there were a number of casualties on both sides, however no further details were immediately available.

The source said security forces in the area were looking for the militants in a nearby public garden. An explosion was heard near a building used by the government’s security service.

 
 
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